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Center for Advanced Transition Skills (CATS)

Los Angeles Pierce College

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CATS is a unique partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District. Located at selected Los Angeles Community Colleges, the Center provides instructional support, independent travel training, career guidance, work-based learning experiences, and job opportunities to prepare students with special needs for the adult world.

LAUSD transition teachers in partnership with community college staff collaborate with families, school personnel, employers, and outside agencies to empower students to make decisions, set goals and carry out their transition plans from school to post-school opportunities.

Participating students also enroll in classes at the community college and are assisted by mentors as they learn a variety of important employment, social, educational, living and vocational skills.

The CATS program for Leichman CTC is located at Pierce College. The program recommends that interested students:

  • Have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Be at least 19 years of age by September of the enrollment year.
  • Make a two-year commitment to participate in the program.
  • Have begun developing a support network.
  • Have completed 4 years of high school.
  • Be on the alternate curriculum and non- diploma track.
  • Speak with their high school DOTS teacher who will contact the local Career & Transition Center.
  • Have a record of regular attendance.
  • Have had previous participation in work experience.
  • Travel independently in the community.